Universal Design Champions

The Universal Design Champions cohort is sponsored by the Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology and the Center for Faculty Excellence.

Purpose of the Academy

The purpose of the Universal Design Champions is to help instructors learn about Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1, develop relationships with instructional designers, and become acquainted with universal design for learning (UDL) strategies to design course materials that meet the needs of all students. The program will provide instructors with information and strategies to create accessible instructional materials (Canvas pages, videos, slides, and documents) that meet the WCAG 2.1 accessibility standards. Implementing these standards into the course materials, faculty can better engage all students enrolled in their courses.

Selected Champions will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore the Universal Design for Learning framework
  • Meet and network with TWU partners dedicated to improving course accessibility
  • Revise course content to meet WCAG 2.1 in a course
  • Discuss issues of universal design and accessibility in a supportive environment
  • Provide additional support to advance universal design and accessibility awareness at TWU

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Universal Design Champions

All instructors are eligible to apply. Applicants will be selected with the expectation that they will continue in service at the University for at least one academic year after the conclusion of the program.

Universal Design Champion Selection Criteria

  • Interest in making your course materials accessible to all students
  • Interest in sharing universal design and learning strategies with others and enhancing awareness of universal design for instructors
  • Description of how the Universal Design Champions program can support improvements to course access and usability
  • Participation in the Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology Academic Success Lecture

Time Commitment

Applicants who are chosen to participate will be required to do the following:

Universal Design Champions

Requirements during January 2020 – December 2020

  • Complete an online Universal Design for Learning course
  • Attend two face-to-face 508, ADA, & WCAG training sessions. Each session lasts 2 hours
  • Help design and develop a Faculty Universal Design Tool Kit
  • Attend and participate in the Academic Success Lecture (March 20, 2020) in Denton
  • Attend 8 out of 10 meetings in the 12 months
  • Revise a hybrid or online course to meet WCAG 2.1 Standards
  • Showcase course materials at a Center for Faculty Excellence event

What’s in it for you?

  • Universal Design Champion Stipend: $1,000 
(Funding will be released upon completion of all program requirements.)
  • Recognition by the Center for Faculty Excellence and TLT
  • Universal Design Champion Certificate
  • 508, ADA & WCAG Training by a universal design and accessibility expert

How to Apply

Applications are no longer being accepted for this event.

Applications should be in the form of a proposal, as described on the application form. The application must include the following (in this order):

  1. Cover sheet with contact information
  2. Responses to proposal requirements


If you have any questions, contact the Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology at 940-898-3409 or email TLT@twu.edu.

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